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The lake was named after Elwood Mead, who was the commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation from 1924 to 1936 during the planning and construction of the Boulder Canyon Project that created the dam and lake. Lake Mead was established as the Boulder Dam Recreation Area in 1936, administrated by the National Park Service. It was then changed to the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in 1964, this time including Lake Mohave and the Shivwits Plateau under its jurisdiction. Both lakes and the surrounding area offer year-round recreation options. The accumulated water from Hoover Dam forced the evacuation of several communities, most notably St. Thomas, Nevada, whose last resident left the town in 1938. The ruins of St. Thomas are sometimes visible when the water level in Lake Mead drops below normal.

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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    Good the tunnel is now on the national register!

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Jan 2, 2011 at 8:05 PM

    Would love to walk the old rail track, however the tunnel would be another thing, anything nasty could live there.


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